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Smash-and-grab thief in gold raid.

THOUSANDS of pounds' worth of jewellery have been stolen from a city shop in a smash-and-grab theft.

Items of jewellery worth in total around PS10,000 were stolen from the front window display of pawnbrokers Ramsdens on Cowbridge Road East, Canton.

The thief smashed the shop window and took several items of gold jewellery that had been on display before running off.

Shocked staff heard the noise but were initially unaware the front-window display, which is separate from the main store, was being targeted.

They went outside to investigate but the thief had already run off following the theft, which happened at about 4.50pm on Tuesday.

South Wales Police yesterday appealed for any witnesses to come forward, describing the incident as a "smash-andgrab-type theft".

They said the thief appeared to have been outside the shop for some minutes before smashing the window.

Frank O'Neill, regional manager for Ramsdens, said staff at the store were "shocked".

He said: "One or more persons smashed the front window, we're not quite sure what with, and snatched some jewellery from the front of the shop.

"Staff heard the noise but by the time they came out, the person was gone. They were obviously shocked but they were completely unharmed."

Cowbridge Road East was busy at the time and officers want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time.

Crime scene investigators preserved the scene so the shop front could be photographed and examined. Detectives have also been collecting CCTV footage to identify the suspect, who they say appears to have been outside the shop for several minutes before smashing the window.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Tom Holder at Fairwater CID on 029 2052 7248 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 13, 2012
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